BY BRIAN McGILLIVARY
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Rain and mist are falling again at Clinch Park after state officials gave Traverse City the OK to resume the flow for the William G. Milliken Waterscape.
City officials turned off the splash pad and rain feature after a Tuesday ribbon-cutting for the $2.9 million park renovation project because they lacked a state permit. The state normally requires applicants to test the system for 10 days before opening it to the public. City planner Russ Soyring said state officials waived the test period after reviewing the system's engineering plans and filtration equipment.
"They said because it was such a quality design and because we were using such high-quality filtration components we could turn it back on," Soyring said Thursday afternoon. "We had it back on about three minutes later."
Initial hours for water feature operation while it's broken in, and staff are trained, will be about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, city officials said.